District will continue half-day program till 2013-14
The Ohio Department of Education has given the Strongsville School District another waiver for starting all-day kindergarten classes. School districts throughout the state were supposed to implement full-day kindergarten this year, but most sought one-year waivers to garner more time. Strongsville Superintendent Jeff Lampert earlier this year sought another waiver, this time for two years -- the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, which means the earliest all-day kindergarten will start here is in the fall of 2013. Lampert said the cost of the switch, estimated at $500,000, is too much for the financially strapped district to bear. The schools are seeking a 9.9-mill operating levy on the May 3 primary ballot.